January 23, 2022

Ebooks: Today is “Right to E-Read Day” Across Europe

UPDATE: Two U.S. organizations have issued statements in support of the Right to E-Read campaign.

The Right to E-Read Day and the The Right to E-Read campaign are being organized by EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations).

From the EBLIDA Web Site:

The Right to e-Read is a Europe-wide campaign that aims to raise awareness among the general public, librarians and policy makers about the difficulties currently faced by libraries with regard to access to e-books and digital content. The campaign also raises awareness about the need for change of the copyright framework.

2014-04-23_13-49-41Almost 100 Million Europeans (20% of the population) have used a library in the past 12 months and libraries play a vital role in building literacy skills and providing access to information and reading to build a knowledgeable, informed and connected society.

The fact that many e-books are not accessible through libraries means that this source of information, knowledge and ideas is cut off from families, communities and businesses.

Libraries should be able to lend e-books as they do printed books.

What The Campaign is Asking For

  • Libraries to provide library users with the latest e-books as they do printed book!
  • Libraries to buy e-books at fair prices and on reasonable terms!
  • Authors to receive fair payment for the lending of e-books as they do for printed books by extending Public Lending Right to include the loan of e-books by public libraries!
  • All citizens – not just those who can afford it – to benefit from free access to e-books in public libraries!

Right to E-Read Campaign FAQ

Formal Statement

An E-Book Policy For Libraries in Europe: The Right To E-Read by LJ’s infoDOCKET

See Also: EBLIDA Task Force on Ebooks

See Also: EBLIDA’s Ebooks in Library Campaign (2012-2013)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.